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Solar cell with back side contacts

United States Patent

December 24, 2013
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Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics (MEPV)
A III-V solar cell is described herein that includes all back side contacts. Additionally, the positive and negative electrical contacts contact compound semiconductor layers of the solar cell other than the absorbing layer of the solar cell. That is, the positive and negative electrical contacts contact passivating layers of the solar cell.
Nielson; Gregory N. (Albuquerque, NM), Okandan; Murat (Edgewood, NM), Cruz-Campa; Jose Luis (Albuquerque, NM), Resnick; Paul J. (Albuquerque, NM), Wanlass; Mark Woodbury (Golden, CO), Clews; Peggy J. (Tijeras, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
13/ 164,017
June 20, 2011
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL INTEREST This invention was developed under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.